Watch: Extreme weather keeping groundstaff on their toes

Nigel Yalden,
Publish Date
Thursday, 7 December 2017, 2:58PM

Seddon Park is in a holding pattern two days out from the second cricket test between the Black Caps and the West Indies.

In the last fortnight, Hamilton has experienced hot weather and very little rain which has helped groundsman Karl Johnson get the wicket into the state he desires for the match.

“The pitch is basically at the point where we could start the test tomorrow morning” he said.

However, with the test not starting until Saturday, Johnson and his team will need to carefully manage conditions over the next two days.

"We're just going to hold it over rather than adding water at this stage.

"We're also rolling the pitch early in the morning because if we rolled it in the afternoon could change the nature of the surface and we want avoid that."

The wicket is also being covered with blankets to try and keep moisture in the surface of the wicket.

The playing strip that will be used is on the Patumahoe side of the wicket block.

"Historically at this ground, that soil type has provided good pace and carry and I expect that to be the same over the course of this test," Johnson says.

New Zealand leads the series 1-nil after winning the first test in Wellington by an innings and 67 runs.

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